Bienvenue, bienvenidos, bem vindo, boa vinda, benvenuto, willkommen, välkommen, fáilte/fàilte, witajcie, dobrodošli, dobro došli, witaj, vítejte, oş geldeniz, καλώς ορίσατε, добро пожаловать, Ласкаво просимо, 歓迎, 歡迎, 환영 ようこそ….
WELCOME TO MY BLOG!
I spend all my working day in front of this computer in my office at home (I know, sad, sad, sad) so blogging and reading the comments are great ways to feel connected to the world outside.
So far, people from 131 different countries and territories have visited the blog. I’m truly astonished and delighted about that.
Guatemala was the hundredth – ¡Bienvenido, visitante guatemalteco/chapin!
Bosnia/Herzegovina was the one hundred and fourth. Dobro došli!
Nepal was the one hundred and fifth. नेपाल पर्यटन वर्ष २०११ सफल पारौं (I hope that means ‘Welcome’ in Nepalese)
Palestine was the one hundred and eighth. Merhaba (?) Please tell me if that’s right…
The Bahamas appear(s) to be the one hundred and tenth. Hello and welcome…
Latest places to register visitors: Haiti, Syria, Senegal, Macau, the Virgin Islands, Aruba, Lebanon, Tunisia, Cambodia, Oman, the Cape Verde Islands, Martinique and Niger.
If you would like me to add the word for ‘welcome’ in your language to the list above, leave me a note…
PS “This is my blog. You’re welcome to it.” is a re-working of a sign I saw at Zagreb Airport the first time I visited Yugoslavia. The sign said: “This is Yugoslavia. You are welcome to it.” For anyone uncertain how to interpret that, in British English at least, “You’re welcome to it” gives the impression that you don’t want something any more and you want someone to take it away.
PPS If you haven’t seen the fun Pecha Kucha night at TESOL France in Paris last month, go visit Shelly Terrell’s youtube page: http://tinyurl.com/yeyf3td. Giving a PK presentation that night were Lindsay Clandfield, Burcu Akyol, Penny Ur, Jamie Keddie and Gavin Dudeney. If you don’t know anything about the Pecha Kucha presentation system, make sure you watch Lindsay’s PK first.